Northbrook Woman’s Club looks back, ahead
Dara Owen (from left), Deborah Phadnis, Lynn Hellwig and Liz Forchetti, all of Northbrook, all representing the mission of the NWC/F | Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
The last official event for the 2011-2012 Northbrook Woman’s Club & Foundation season was the May 24 senior luncheon, hosted by the Northbrook Village Presbyterian Church.
With that event pinpointing a successful conclusion to a year of fine volunteerism, and now with summer coming to a close and a busy autumn ahead, the NWCF looks forward to its first general meeting, Thursday, Sept. 6 at Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook.
At the first meeting of this 2012-2013 season, Jean Merczak, of the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.
And while South Pacific colors inspire perpetually, it was Americana quilting simplicity that wowed Northbrook seniors attending that May 24 luncheon.
“You know,” said speaker Lori Morgan, who displayed and discussed a collection of quilts, “I just think that’s how things used to be, (when) you had to do things yourself.”
Morgan, of Northbrook, spoke of how quilts appeal to all ages, but also have a special message to older generations. These Americans, who now comprise Northbrook’s senior population, grew up watching their mothers participate in quilting bees when quilts warmed them during their youth. The quilts may have been a source of comfort during wartime years.
“Quilting is what was just done,” explained Morgan, “and I think this generation understands quilting, (how) it was practical, but also beautiful.”
Mary Blanchard, of the Village Presbyterian Church, is always grateful to volunteer for the senior luncheons, a much-loved tradition hosted here.
“The Village Presbyterian Church Senior Club meets once a moth, nine months a year, and any Northbrook senior is welcome,” said Blanchard. “It (the programs) promotes the opportunity for seniors to come together to a nice program and luncheon.”
The luncheon, which warms all hearts, included a crisp tarragon vinaigrette salad with mandarin oranges with toasted almonds.
Luncheon volunteer server, Deborah Phadnis, a woman’s club member of almost four years, said, “It’s fun to bond with the ladies of Northbrook and to serve the Northbrook seniors.”
Visit the Village Presbyterian Church website at
www.tvpchurch.org/. The Northbrook Woman’s Club & Foundation has a new website, www.northbrookwomansclub.org, where the community can view the exciting calendar and learn about the fine mission of the NWCF. New members are welcome.~